‘Shapes: Diamonds’ is the latest in Tru Thoughts’ series of essential label compilations put together by A&R, label co-founder and renowned DJ, Robert Luis. After 20 years of independently releasing music, the ‘Shapes’ LPs continue to encompass the best of our wide-ranging and international roster, featuring the finest of Tru Thoughts’ classic cuts, recent releases and inspired remixes.
“Shapes: Diamonds highlights releases from the newer signings on the label alongside the more established artists. I always enjoy putting these compilations together as it allows me to take a step back and check the current catalogue and musical direction of the label. As with all our Shapes compilations, there is a wide mixture of genres all from artists who are passionate about the creative music they make, so the quality is strong.” – Robert Luis
The release of “Shapes:Diamonds” comes 20 years after the first ever Tru Thoughts compilation, TRU002, “When Shapes Join Together” which was released on 26th October 1999. Alongside tracks from Steady (the first ever Tru Thoughts release), Robert Luis (as Deeds Plus Thoughts), Bonobo, and Chris Clark “When Shapes Join Together” featured a selection of cover photographs that were all taken one Saturday afternoon on a street corner in Brighton. Only 500 vinyl copies and 1000 CDs were manufactured.
‘Shapes: Diamonds’ is out on digital, limited edition mint green double vinyl, indie exclusive limited edition orange double vinyl and Tru Thoughts exclusive limited edition mint green and orange double vinyl, all with a full 31 track download card and poster insert, on 15th November and available to pre-order now on Bandcamp
To celebrate our 20th anniversary and 20 years of great quality music we’ll be hosting a 20th Birthday Party at Patterns in Brighton on November 2nd featuring Rodney P, Bryony Jarman-Pinto, Hidden Orchestra, Rhi, Anchorsong, Gawd Status, J-Felix, Wrongtom, Strategy, WheelUP, Tiawa and Robert Luis. Tickets are available now via Dice and include a ‘Tru Thoughts 20th Birthday Bundle’ of a Patterns ticket, a copy of Shapes: Diamonds (Tru Thoughts Exclusive Mint/Orange Edition) and a Tru Thoughts tote bag which can be collected on the night. Take a look at Tru Thoughts 20th Birthday Tickets
“As a DJ you can’t ignore it when a package comes from Tru Thoughts… brilliant stuff” – GILLES PETERSON (BBC 6MUSIC)
“A good mark of quality that it’s coming out on Tru Thoughts” – JAMIE CULLUM (BBC RADIO 2)
“The brilliant Tru Thoughts label, one of our favourites” – LAUREN LAVERNE (BBC 6MUSIC)
“It’s just ridiculous, so many good records in 2019, just unbelievable, absolutely killing it.” – TOM RAVENSCROFT (BBC 6MUSIC)
“Tru Thoughts keep on killing us with the music – literally release, after release. If you love your Jazz, your more alternative soundscapes, your dark electronic stuff then they have got you covered.” – JAMZ SUPERNOVA (BBC RADIO 1/1XTRA)